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bastida. first, we have developing news tonight. meryl newman is on his way back to the united states. this is the 85-year-old palo alto man arriving in beijing just a few hours ago after being deported from north korea. a few days ago, north koreaen television aired an apology for newman who is a koreaen war veteran. we're told he will fly from beijing directly to san francisco. >> we will have more on that story in just a moment. first, rain is coming down all over the bay area and here is paul. >> it is heavy rain fall in many locations. it's a soaking rain fall from the south bay all the way north. you see pink and white below the banner there. that is the east bay hills south toward mount hamilton. we are picking up snow. look at all that yellow, orange for you in the santa cruz mountains. that's heavy rain fall. richmond, san ramon, concord, fair field, vacville, north all the way up to winters. also on the peninsula, burling game and hillsborrow. it is snowing heavily up and down our mountains here in california. so, we have a winter weather advisory in effect in the north ba
. you talked to newman's wife tonight? >> reporter: good evening. they have been living at a retirement home in paloñrñk'i a but they also own a home. they are still just trying to catch their breath after this whole ordeal.Ñi in a photo taken thisÑi afterno and sent to us by his Ñihome, hs home relaxing on the porch with his wife. the couple was still reel and too tired to talk further about the ordeal. this morningçó ñ"ewman was gree by applause telling reporters he wó3ddelights to be back on u.s. >> it's been great homecoming. i'ma-i9tired, but ready to be w my family. >> reporter: yellow ribbons are still up at the palo alto retirement home where they reside and in the former neighborhood some of the couple's friends said they were overjoyed he was released. >> what are you going to do when you get home in. >> relax. >> reporter: newman thanks the swedish embassy. he refused to answer any questions about his treatment. they were released after former president bill clinton intervened. kenneth bay, a korean american missionary is still in a north korean jail and has been the
news. merrill newman, the 85-year-old palo alto man who was detained in north korea for six weeks, is right now on a plane headed to sfo. he will land in a couple of hours. we're live at sfo where a welcome home crowd continues to grow. >> reporter: that scheduled ?riet supposed to land at 8:58. we expect family to alive closer to that time. it's sure to be a warm welcome for the korean war veteran who has been away from his wife, family and friends for more than a month now. we have video of merrill newman in china last night on his way home. the ordeal started when merrill newman visited north korea in october. just as he was about to board a flight for china, he was detained on october 26 and charged with hostile acts against the state. the associated press says merrill newman served in a it top secret military unit that trained south koreans to sneak into north korea during the war. during his time in custody in north korea, they released a video of the veteran apologizing for his actions. the north korean government does have a history of coercesing statements from detainees.
>> hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm jonathan betz in new york. merrill newman is back on u.s. soil. the korean war veteran has his long-awaited homecoming after being detained in north korea. >> cheers greet french troops in the central african republic. >> finally as a family we are humbled by the messages of condolence and support that we receive from government and people of the world. >> the family of nelson mandela makes its first statement since his death as the memorial grows for the antiapartheid leader. power outages and a travel nightmare. wintry weather spreads across the u.s. >> tonight a u.s. veteran is home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a month. merrill newman arrived in the 85-year-old was accused of committing crimes while he served in the korean war. his family called merrill newman's time in north korean's hands, "a very difficult ord eel", >> melissa chan has the story. >> when merrill newman made the trip, he would not have known how difficult it would turn out. after weeks of detention he's in the u.s., looking healthy, w
is free. >> a huge sigh of relief for merrill newman's family. >> i'm delighted to be home. it's been a great, great homecoming. >> his flight landing on american soil just hours ago after a sudden about-face from north korea's government. we'll have the very latest on his return. >>. >> also, a deadly winter storm is barrelling across the country and showing no signs of letting up. heavy snow, ice, leaving thousands of people without electricity. cancelling hundreds of flights and sinking a wide section of the nation into a deep freeze. a live report from our fox weather center. >>> and remembering pearl harbor. 72 years after the day of infamy. the tributes to the thousands of troops who died in a surprise attack that came just after dawn and pulled the united states into world war ii. >>> home in time for the holidays. an american war veteran detained in north korea for more than a month will get to sleep in his own bed tonight. merrill newman was reunited with his family at san francisco international airport earlier today. he's 85 years old and was holding his woof's hand as he a
is back home with his family after being held in north korea for more than a merrill newman arrives home today. his family called his time in north korea, "a difficult ordeal." melissa chan with that story. >> when merrill newman made the trip to remote north korea, he would not have known how much more difficult a journey it would turn out. after weeks in detention he's and with a simply message. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired but happy to be with my family now. tha thank you for the support we got. we appreciate it. >> merrill newman was a soldier in the korean war. he was no ordinarily soldier. the north koreans released this concession video by merrill newman, admitting his association to the white tigers. for newman, the war was ancient history. at the ready to fight off american propaganda. the two countries are technically at war, not having signed a peace treaty, and require the personal approval of kim jong un. why they decided to let merrill newman go now is a mystery. >> i'll have a chance to get a rest. he'll have more to say about his unusual and difficult journe
, merrilman was met by american officials in budget airport early saturday. merrill newman is expected to arrive at san francisco around noon eastern time and al jazeera's correspondent has more. >> merrill newman is headed home. the 85-year-old was held captive for a month in north korea. >> i'm glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk has given for me to fe on my own. >> a veteran of the korean war. he was pulled from his flight back from to the united states. he admitted to his wrongdoing and apologised. his age and medical condition played a part. >> merrill newman's spoke to his son briefly. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> he was accused of hostile acts. last week television stations put out a video of him apologising. >> vice president joe biden and south korea honoured veterans of the korean war welcomed him home and covered him a lift. >> the dprk released someone they should never have had the first place. i offered him a ride home, but there's a direct flight to san francisco. i don't blame them, i would be on th
, fred. >>> merrill newman, 85-year-old american captured and locked up by north korean authorities earlier this fall is now home on u.s. soil. accused of alleged crimes during his time fighting in the korean war, north korea detained newman for six weeks. the u.s. war vet was mysteriously released, however, overnight. north korea state media say it's because of this video where newman appeared to apologize for his alleged crimes. jo joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon just outside newman's condominium complex. he was asked a number of questions when going through customs. he had a statement but he refused to answer questions. now where is he? >> well, first of all, he appears to be in good health and in good spirits. he has not made his way here to this retirement complex. apparently there is some alternative plans that were in place. the bottom line is he is home, he is safe, and this is what he had to say just a couple hours ago. apparently we do not have that sound for you. but mr. newman was somebody who was in the -- fought in the korean war. he served in an intelligen
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. and within the past 45 minutes, we heard from meryll newman's son. amber lee spoke when he will be reunited with his family. >> reporter: we heard that newman was on his way home to san francisco. less than an hour ago his son who's in los angeles had a huge smile on his face when he spoke about his father. >> we're absolutely delighted to confirm that meryll newman is on his way home after being released by the dprk. >> reporter: in palo alto at channing house they refused to speak to us on camera. but they were all smiles. >> i was very pleased. very pleased indeed. i don't know what it took to get him released but i'm very glad he's coming home. i'm sure his family is too. >> reporter: the north korean state news agency kcna reported that newman had been quote deported. and they reported that the government did it in a humanitarian standpoint because of the man's old age and condition. this is meryll newman in a video we brought you last friday. he read from a prepared statement. newman talks about what he did in north korea in his last trip. >> i asked my guide to help me look for their
captive in north korea. right now merrill newman is enjoying his freedom after his ordeal. he said he was tired but said he otherwise felt good. he was abruptly released without any official explanation, but a week ago north korea did release a video of newman reading what appeared to be a confession to war crimes. >> what more are we learning, dan? >> i can tell you, deborah, when he arrived, he was asked by reporters if he'd ever want to return to north korea and not surprisingly merrill newman said probably not. i can tell you here at his retirement complex, they have the yellow ribbons here to welcome him home. he has not come here, though, apparently he has some alternative arrangements in place. this is a man who is 85 years old, spent six weeks in north korea, essentially as a prisoner. it's not entirely clear, as you said, why the north korean government decided to let him go free. perhaps that on-air apology had something to do with it. this is what mr. newman had to say shortly after arriving into san francisco. >> good morning. i am delighted to be home. i want to thank the
struggling after natural disasters. >>> merrill newman spent his captivity in north korea not in a jail cell but in a hotel room. speaking to the santa cruz sentinel today, newman said he was kept comfortable and well fed. when questioned about his televise ad polling, newman said that's not -- televised apology, newman said that's not my english. newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> federal investigators will question witnesses and experts in washington this week to try to find it out what caused the asiana airlines crash at sfo this summer. many experiments believe human error was to blame and a report in today's chronicle shows the first bay area responders lacked training for a disaster like this. >>> after four people were killed last week in a derailment in the bronx two federal lawmakers want cameras mounted in trains pointed at the tracks and at the engineers on board. the national transportation safety board made a similar suggestion. one of the senators says the cameras will be able to detect and prevent problems. >> as we move forward from the crash, we have
is back home in the u.s. meryl newman was detained in october on accusations he committed hostile acts against north korea. the country state news agency said he was deported from north korea as a humanitarian act, arriving in san francisco this morning. >> it has been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to see my family now. thank you all for the support we got. and very much appreciate it. >> newman thanked the swedish embassy, pyongyang, and the u.s. embassy in beijing to help secure his release. his release came as vice president joe biden toured the demilitarized zone between north korea and south korea. sorely --newman shortly after he learned of his release after wrapping up his trip to asia. organizers of a charity race involving prince harry are suspending the race because of bad weather conditions. they plan to continue the journey to the south pole. harry is a member of one of three teams involving injured soldiers who left last week. the teams will now be driven part of the route, then finish the final 70 miles on foot. 7 on your side with a health alert. doctors are r
newman's grueling ordeal and his emotional trip back home. >> and the family of nelson mandela speaking out for the first time since the legendary leader's death. their emotional public statement coming up next. >> plus, we're marking 72 years since the attack on pearl harbor prp we'll have a live look at the memorial ceremonies and discuss how the lessons we learned that day still resonate as we fight the war on terror. >>> but first, a fox news alert on the release of a u.s. military veteran from north korea. this is video of 85-year-old merrill newman arriving back home in san francisco just a short time ago. he was released yesterday after being detained in north korea for more than a month. shortly before boarding a flight to the u.s., newman spoke with reporters about what he was most looking forward to upon returning home that he wanted to see his wife. now, live with more details. >> his wife, lee, was there, together with his son jeff, they were there to greet him at san francisco airport. he made a brief statement to the press, did merrill newman. he described it as a great ho
for six weeks. merrill newman is now back safe at home. >> reporter: putting on military fatigues in a run-down office in seoul, former members talk about the korean war. now in their 80s, these men were part of an anti-communist guerrilla group that carried out undercover operations in north korea. they say the released american citizen was one of their leaders. >> translator: newman used to send down orders to us, indicating which island continue to fill trait and occupy. then we used to work on combined operations. >> reporter: looking at photos of newman, the veterans reminisce about their wartime operations. this man worked with newman during the war and said the group is still hated in the north. we accomplished a lot during the war. north korea released a video last weekend newman reading a handwritten apology for killing civilians during the korean war, an apology that may well have been coerced. a clearly relieved looking newman traveled through beijing on his way home saturday, mentioning nothing of his past. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that
cruz. meryl newman landed at sfo to a lot of fanfare. here is abc7 news reporter lisa amin gulezian with the developing store. >> meryl newman held on tight to the ones he missed most after being detained in north korea. and after traveling some 24 hours he is finally back in the bay area. >> it has been a great homecoming and i am tired and i am i am ready to be with my family. >> he and a man of few words. >> what is the first thing you will do when you make it back to your door? >> probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo, the newman family came to their second home in santa cruz. it is a house they owned for decades and once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. >> this is a photo taken this afternoon. they are not returning just yet to their primary residents in palo alto. yellow ribbons were tied as a symbol of meryl's safe return. the vice president joe biden who is in south korea had this to say about the korean war veteran's released. >> there is a good piece of news. they released someone they should never have had in the first place. >> the no
, lester. >>> today's top story. the american veteran merrill newman will be home are his family in california in a matter of house. he has been held prison in north korea for weeks. late last night he was relieved and quickly began that trip home. ian williams is tracking the developments for us this morning from beijing. ian, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, erica. merrill newman is now a free man after north korea deported him on the first available fleight out of pyongyang. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance the dprk government has gave me to be on my way. >> reporter: he also said that he was particularly grateful to the north koreans for releasing him and he was looking forward to seeing his wife. the north koreans said they leaved him because of his age and also because of his ill health. he has a heart condition. they also said they were responding to his apology, his so-called apology. now, this was something that he did live on television a week or so ago. he wrote -- he read from a written confession. now, this appeared to be some
and the shared legacy with his own father. >>> let's begin this hour with merrill newman, an elderly u.s. war veteran dragged off a plane and then locked up in north korea and is now free after six weeks held without any real explanation. he was suddenly released overnight by the communist country. north korea calling it a, quote, deportation. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon. he's at the airport in san francisco awaiting newman's arrival, about when he is expected to arrive, and this is some journey, isn't it? >> reporter: it really is, fredricka. and it's really important we remind our viewers of the nature of the situation. this is an 85-year-old with a heart condition who had been held in north korea since october, and no one knew what was going to happen to him until he was suddenly released by the government last night. he is expected to land in about an hour from now. behind me is where he would clear -- come out through customs and greet his friends and family, unless the state department has special provisions for him, which wouldn't be terribly surprising given the situat
, that will be the hardest area hit with ice. >> folks are going to have to be real careful. >>> all right, merrill newman, the 85-year-old american captured and locked up by north korean authorities earlier this fall is now back on u.s. soil accused of alleged crimes during his time fighting in the korean. the u.s. war vet was mysteriously released overnight. why? well, north korean state media says it's because of this video where newman appeared to apologize for his alleged crimes. joining me now, cnn correspondent dan simon from palo alto. so has mr. newman made it home yet? >> he hasn't. he has not come home. apparently they have some alternative arrangements in place. he landed a couple hours ago at the san francisco international airport. he looked terrific. he seemed to be in good spirits. this is a guy who is 85 years old who had been in custody since the end of october and this is what he said just moments after landing. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish i'm ba embassy in bong yaponyongyang a british embassy. i'm tired but i'm ready to be with my family now.
for his release. the state department joining in. tonight merrill newman is home. you can see the crowd surrounding him as he landed in california. abc's aditi roy tonight, from los angeles. >> reporter: merrill newman is home and free. >> good morning. i'm delighted to be home. >> reporter: the 85-year-old grandfather is back on american soil. just in time for the holidays, after being detained for 42 days in north korea. the retired finance executive was in the country for a ten day sight seeing trip but was pulled from his flight home by government officials held for hostile acts he allegedly committed there 60 years ago in the korean war. he apologized in this video confession released by the north korean government. >> there is misleading information and propaganda. >> reporter: throughout his captivity his family in california has pleaded for his safe return. sending him medication for a heart condition. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is, it will be resolved. very quickly. and that he can return and be at our table for the holidays. >> reporter: in the end, north k
in santa cruz. merrill newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: merrill newman held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president joe biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone
.s. veteran is home in america, reunite with his family. in a moment we'll hear from merrill newman about his tourist trip that ended in detention. >> it will be cold. temperatures across the nation will stay below average. right now it's minus 14. it feels like we are minus 45 degrees. we have bone-chilling conditions across the northern area of the country. going down to the northern plains, temperatures subzero. we are at 1 degree in minneapolis. not much of a warm up is expected. there's advisories particularly for the wind chills through the dakotas. with the cold air we are expecting to see snow before day's end. >> meanwhile, a veteran held by north korea for weeks has returned to his family in california. north korea detained 85-year-old merrill newman, while he was visiting places where he fought in the corey an war. >> when merrill newman made the trip to north korea, he would not know how difficult it would turn out. after weeks in detention, he's back in the u.s., looking healthy, wife by his side, with a simple message. >> good home coming. i'm tired, but i'm here with my family
videotape, captive american tourist merrill newman is seen for the first time in nearly five weeks. reading from an awkwardly phrased text, newman, an 85-year-old retire finance executive from california appears to be apologizing for what he calls hostile acts against the communist north koreans. >> that in u.s. and western countries there is misleading information and propaganda about pprk. >> newman had been an infantry officer, a soldier like the troops memallized here. a life long dream was to return to the hand he fought as a young man. this time on a sightseeing tour. >> reporter: they told reuters that a half century ago he helped to coordinate some of the most daring missions of the korean war. a conflict the north koreans see as ongoing since no peace treaty was ever signed. newman was about to return home when a government official took him off the plane without explanation. the united states has no official diplomatic relations with north korea, but swedish embassy officials visited newman and said he's in good health. this weekend, as vice president biden prepares for a trip to
, this top story. after more than six grueling weeks, u.s. war veteran merrill newman is back on american soil after being released by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist detained by the communist country for his alleged crimes during the cokorean war 60 year ago. >> glad you're with us. welcome to america's news headquarters. merrill newman's flight touching down a short time ago. you can listen to the release in his voice. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but it was my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> we have been covering this story. >> behind merrill newman there, you could see his wife lee and also his son jeff who had been appealing for his release. merrill himself looked in pretty good shape. he said he was tired but considering he's 85 years old and the ordeal he's been now, he looked like he's doing pretty well. one of the first things he wanted to say was really to thank the diplomatic effort that got him released. take a listen. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang an
release an 85- year-old california man held in state custody the past five weeks. merrill newman was taken into custody while on a 10 day tour of the country. north korea said newman committed hostile acts during the korean war. days ago they released this video of him where it appeared he was reading from a prepared apology statement. north korea says it has now released newman as a humanitarian gesture. >>> police in mexico were questioning six men to see if they are the ones who stole a truck carrying radioactive cobalt 60. all six tested negative for radiation exposure. the cobalt 60 had been used in hospital equipment. a truck was hauling it to a waste center outside mexico city. police found the empty truck wednesday and soon after found the radioactive pellets in a field about 1/2 nile away. police do not think the thieves -- mile away. police do not think the thieves knew they were dealing with dangerous cargo. >>> the white house decided to grant legal protection to the big wind farms, the ones with the giant turbines. sometimes they accidentally kill or injure bald or golden eagl
north korea state news agency announced the country deported merrill newman. authorities arrested him october 26th. last week north korea released a video claiming newman apologized for climb krooims committed during the korean war. >> newman belonged to a secret military group and aided guerrill during the war. no word when he is returning in the united states but he is leaving north korea. >> good evening. >> we'll talk about the weather. the next wave of weather was enough moisture and freezing air to turn mountain tops white with snow. here you can see that snow has accumulated today along highway 29 where the plows have been dispatched there is more still to come. the cold front moves south. north, highway 101 has been closed because of snow and estimated time so far on when it might reopen. and here you can see the plates that forms on a windshield. here is video sent to you report showing how some species thrive in this weather. a humming bird taking a very cold shower. take a look at what's happening now with spencer christian. a new winter storm alert
mandela. former presidents bush, clinton, and carter will also attend. >>> merrill newman, the elderly korean war veteran held for several weeks in north korea, said he was treated well during his detainment. newman said on sunday he was kept in a hotel room, not a prison cell. he arrived back in california on saturday. when asked if he planned any more trips abroad, newman said his wife is now in charge of his passport. >>> and musicians billy joel, herbie hancock, carlos santana, opera star martina arroyo and actress shirley maclaine were honored at the kennedy center for their contributions to american culture. a rock band paid tribute to santana. ♪ >> the kennedy center honors are the nation's highest award for influencing american culture through the art. president obama saluted the honorees. >>> coming up after your local news on "cbs this morning," a special broadcast from the smithsonian american art museum and national portrait gallery in washington. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ ♪ can you barbeque a turkey? ♪ [ ding! ] losing your chex mix to
in north korea since october, is now on his way home. >> right now, merrill newman is on a flight to san francisco. seth dome reports from beijing. >> reporter: freedom after 43 days. merrill newman arrived at beijing's airport today after a flight from north korea. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home and i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> reporter: at the newman family home in pasadena california his son said the family briefly spoke with him while he was in beijing. >> he's in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family. >> reporter: newman, a u.s. special forces soldier during the korean war more than 60 years ago, had returned to north korea as a tourist in october. he sought closure, according to family members. when he was about to deport on october 26th, he was pulled off of a plane and detained. then, in november, newman appeared reading an apparently forced apology where he acknowledged alleged crimes against the north
. >> alexandra, thanks for that. >>. >> it will be quite a party when merrill newman's team touches down in san francisco. north korea freed the 85-year-old veteran last night after holding him for more than a month. authorities pulled him away from his organized tour group on october 26th and accused him of hostile acts. newman served in the korean war. north korean media recently aired what it called newman's apology. >> i'm very glad to be on my way home. i appreciate the tolerance that dprk government has given to me to be on my way. >> how do you feel now? >> feel good. feel good. >> what do you want to do, first thing? >> first thing, what would you like to do? >> go home and see my wife. >> i'm sure she's glad to hear that. that was not the apology. that's newman at an airport in beijing on his route back to california. also, another american, kenneth b bae, held in north korea for about 13 months. his relatives released a statement. here's part of it. they're hoping for a joyous reunion this holiday season. >>> and saying farewell to a man that many call a moral giant, a figure for the
, part of his asian tour offered newman home a flight home on air force two but he newman declined. >>> and sitting in a korean jail after more than a year in captivity. >>> and new video this morning appearing to show two men stealing parts from the porsch porsche's paul walker died in. one of those men 18-year-old jamison witty, posted these photos bragging about the grab. in jail on $20,000 bond. the other man is expected to turn himself in soon. >>> taking a live look at south pfrica where the loss of nelson mandela continuiecontinues. president obama along with president bush and clinton will head to africa for the funeral. mandela died thursday at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung infection. >>> the grammy nominations are out. justin timberlake and rapper jay-z lead the pack. song of the year, and best new artist is this man. performs at last night's nominations. ♪ say i never failed ♪ >> ooh! 17-year-old newcomer and bruno mars nominations. the 56 awards show airs january 26th. >>> you dancing along? >> shows you how out of touch i am with the kids. >> not me
is back in california this morning at a family home in santa cruz. merrill newman thed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [applause] >> reporter: he held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco enter in the airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their house yety yellow ribbons were tied as a symbol for his safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there's a piece of good news. they never should have had it in the first place. >> the
case of merrill newman. the 85-year-old man returned home to the bay area yesterday and reunited with his family. his wife told nbc bay area that her husband is resting today and they would like a little bit of privacy today as well. newman was accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize, the government deported imh on what it calls humanitarian grounds. one expert says that apology may show just how powerful the current government is to its own people. >> they can use that information to demonstrate to their own population that the regime is in control and it can extract confessions from americans. >> while newman is a free man tonight, north korea continues to hold another american citizen kenneth bay. henrikson says the christian missionary's fate may have made him a target. bay has been sentenced to 15 years for hostile act against the communist state. >> and new at 11:00, sonoma county deputies are investigating human remains found autoshilo regional park. a father called the sheriff's department saying he and his two children ca
newman landed at sfo yesterday to plenty of fanfare. here is lisa amin gulezian with more. [cheers and applause] >> reporter: he held on to the ones he missed most while being detained in north korea. after traveling some 24 hours, he's finally back in the bay area. >> it's been a great homecoming. i'm tired, but ready to be with my family. >> the 85-year-old was a man of few words while at san francisco international airport. >> what's the first thing you are going to do when you make it back through your door? >> i think probably take my shoes off. >> after leaving sfo the newman family came here to their second home in santa cruz. it's a house they have owned for decades. once inside they have been relaxing and spending time together. this is a photo taken of merrill and his wife leigh having lunch. they aren't returning to their primary residence in palo alto, where yellow ribbons were tied by neighbors as a symbol of merrill's safe return. vice president biden had this to say. >> there is a piece of good news. the dprk today released someone they never should have had in the f
gained something from the high-profile case of merrill newman. the 85-year-old returned home this past weekend. he was detained for more than a month accused of crimes dating back to the korean war. after being forced to publicly apologize, the government deported him on what it called humanitarian grounds. one expert says that apology may show how powerful the government is. >> they can use that information to demonstrate to the population that they, the regime, is in control and it can extract confessions from americans. >> while merrill newman is a free man, north korea continues to hold another american citizen, kenneth bae. bae has been sentenced to 15 years for hostile acts against the communist state. >>> president obama and first lady michelle are on their way to south africa to attend nelson mandela's memorial service. mean tile, tributes to the anti-apartheid icon continue to pour in. nbc's ron allen has more. >> reporter: the celebration of the life of nelson mandela continues now for yet another day. >> i'm very proud to be a south african. >> reporter: all this in anticipa
, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all these developing weather stories for you. our meteorologist chad meyers will be joining us in a moment with the forecast. let's go to cnn's row sal flores first. she's watching the comings and going
-old california man is home tonight after spending seven weeks as a prisoner in north korea. merrill newman arrived back on u.s. soil. while visiting there, he was held without explanation. he was accused of crimes dating back to his service in the korean war claiming that he trained south korean guerillas. a video of him making an apology was released, the government announced he was deporting him on humanitarian grounds zoifrjts a sinkhole swallows a car. now we know what caused the road to give way. >>> a crime spree in the district as investigators search for the person responsible. >>> and a delivery truck goes up in flames, torching tens of in flames, torching tens of thousyou won't take my life. you won't take our future. aids affects us all. even babies. chevron is working to stop mother-to-child transmission. our employees and their families are part of the fight. and we're winning. at chevron nigeria, we haven't had a reported case in 12 years. aids is strong. aids is strong. but we are stronger. and aids... ♪ aids is going to lose. aids is going to lose. ♪ ♪ hey, that's the
he appeared in a new video. the video shows 85-year-old merrill newman confessing to war crimes reading from an awkwardly phrased text. the first time he has been seen since he was detained five weeks ago. pulled off of a plane and no explanation. >> we just hope whatever that misunderstanding is will be resolved. >> swedish ambassador visited newman on saturday and told his family he's in good health. they are hoping to have him home before the new year. >> the ambassador also was able to relay the message that he's being treated by doctors. the food that he is being given is good, and he feels that they are treating him well. at least that's the message from him to the ambassador to his family. no telling if he was coerced or forced into reading this, and there's no telling if the message he's giving the ambassador is in front of some official. >> of course. he's 85 years old. the concern for if his health is very legitimate. he's not the only one held in north korea. another american citizen, kenneth bay. hope they get home soon. >> absolutely. >>> after two months of system
a month gets to sleep in his own bed tonight. merrill newman is back home in palo alto, detained by the north korean government during an october twip there. they released him after state media put out this video of newman reportedly reading an apology for hostile acts. >>> weather-related deaths reported in the midwest and in the plains. in texas, a driver died when he lost control of his pickup truck and plunged off a bridge into a lake. flights have been grounded with the stormy weather, with more expected. now back to "geraldo at large." you're watching the most powerful name in news, fox news channel. >>> were you surprised winston was not indicted for rape? >> i kept hearing little things coming out of florida, oh, my god, how could this happen? this dpie is going to win the heisman award. he is the leader of this team and this team is going to be ranked number one to go into the big super bowl, collegiate super bowl. i had a feeling it just wasn't going to happen. didn't surprise me that it didn't. >> so, you feared that because of his position and his importance -- >> i t
captive for more than a month in north korea. 85-year-old merle newman said he was well fed eating traditional korean food kept in a hotel room not a jail cell. even said he was quote bored during his detention. regarding the video of his apology over alleged criminal acts. obviously that's not my english. >> thousands of fans honoring paul walker at a memorial organized by social media. they said prayers and laid flowers. at one point a parade of sportscars drove past the spot near loss archi angeles where t and your why yous star died. they have shut down production while it condemn plates having to move forward. >>> while you were sleeping the obamacare web site getting a fays lift of sorts this as one of the chief architects goes on the offense. kelly wright is live with the details. good morning, kelly. >> good morning to you as well. the web site for obamacare is still not error free it is running with about a 10 percent error rate. doesn't mean it is totally successful but they have put together a strike team of lawmakers to help sett sell the embattled plan to a skeptical p
area, now the 85-year-old korean vet, newman said he was treated well. he was reunited with his family and was well fed and comfortable while tee attained in north -- detained in north korea but he also said he did not write the apology which was aired by north korea. as part of a plea agreement heel have to undergo mental health treatment. he resigned as mayor in august after more than a dozen women accused him of verbal and physical harassment. >>> government agencies are checking on your cell phone records. a report surfaced that they secretly collected data and they are also mining information and the paper found more than 125 police agencies to target specific cell phone towers. they can then find the location and identity of any phone. >>> santa teamed up with a bunch of bay area bikers for guests for children at san francisco general. they helped with motorcycle clubs across the bay area and passed out information to several patients and this is part of a tradition from 30 years ago. >> this may be the only gift they get and a hospital from experience is the worst place to be on
-old merrill newman. the career of more bedroom was on attending a tour of north korea recently, when he was taken off of a plane and not allowed to leave the country. here is newman, making a so-called apology days ago. in the video, the korean war veteran said, that he was sorry for war crimes that he had committed ansar for hostile acts against his friends. >> just before 6-pm - and local temperatures are dropping drastically. more cold weather continues to roll in tonight.and the temperatures are below normal for this time of the year. right now. mount tam is in the mid 40's and in the berkeley hills. it is already 37 degrees. i'm in the weather center with chief meteorologist jacqueline bennett. we're hearing about possible rain -- and even snow??? >> we see mostly lame because we're in the 40's, it is too warm for snow but you concede that there is still snow showers. the pink is what we are calling the small minds. up to the north the scene snow. it's light rain at highway 1 01. as will but to ukiah we are seen at freezing snow. the snow levels are much more lord there because it
made it home. 85-year-old newman spent six weeks of detention in a comfortable hotel. he says he ate well and was bored at times. newman was detained during the ten day visit to north korea. he was freed friday after reading the apology for his you service during the korean war. >>> los angeles times says many attended the memorial for paul walker. walker was the star of "fast & furious" movies. he was k >>> that cold arctic air continues to settle in over the bay area, at least a couple more days here before we start to warm things up. as we look out over the golden gate bridge, mostly clear skies now and going the stay that way all day long, but the temperatures are going to be chilly. by the afternoon, highs expected in the upper 40s and the low 50s. cold temperatures continuing today. and maybe tomorrow morning as well. and then we will watch the temperatures m.d. rating and maybe 60s by wednesday. >> announcer: this national weather report sponsored by macy's. >>> a massi >>> a massive show of security as south africa plans the farewell to nels
merrill newman, the 85-year-old north korean war vet, coming home, having been held for a month, over the weekend so he is free. but there is still another american held prisoner there, kenneth bae, the christian mission snaer, has been held for more than a year now in a country that is unstable. if there is a power struggle, makes it very difficult for diplomats to work out how to get him home. >> some serious discussion regarding that man, bae, on whether the worm, dennis rodman, might be able to facilitate such a deal. >> we can only hope that dennis rodman can bring his unmatched diplomatic skills here and make a difference. somehow i doubt it. >> kind of doubt it, too, but if there's a way to get him to focus on that sort of thing, it would be wonderful to get kenneth bae home. >> if dennis rodman can do it, all power to him. >> i've been following, and many of you have, too, this matter in ukraine. there's a very important country in the middle of a strategic -- in a strategic location where the government seems to want to be on the side of russia, and the people want to be sort
john boehner channeled his newman, what me, worry? approach to congressional deadlines. speaking before the break boehner seems completely nonplussed he provides over the least productive congress since world war ii. >> listen, we have a very divided country and a very divided government. i'm not going to sit here and underestimate the difficulty finding the common ground. there's not as much common ground here as there used to be. >> indeed. why find common ground when one party can spend all of its time railing against the president's health care law. with that the president will defend his signature achievement in a speech at 2:30 eastern. joining me georgetown university professor eric dyson, salon's editor-at-large joan walsh, "washington post" columnist jonathan capehart, former democratic congressman harold ford, jr. joining us from washington nbc's capitol hill correspondent luke russert. luke, i can't believe i'm saying the words government shut down and debt ceiling debacle once again, my friend. what are the chances that the two waring sides get together to pass a budget deal
cameron and james rosen. >> so, rosen, let's run down these guys the first one is merrill newman 85 years old the north koreas have them, what did he do. >> korean war vet. been accused of war crimes, bill during his service in 1953. he has read some videotaped statement in which he apologized. not known whether that was coerced or not but it's believed that it was. >> of course. he was over in north north korea on a tour, right? >> that's right. they are accusing him of committing hostile acts by looking for spies and terrorists under the guise of being a tourist. >> he looks like james bond. all right, and the other guy is kenneth bae, 44-year-old american missionary and also being held in north korea. what did he do? >> right, he has been sentenced to 15 years in a labor camp earlier this year. he has been also convicted under the north korean system of justice such as it is for committing hostile acts to bring down its government unspecified. >> okay. in cuba, a man named allen groce, 64-year-old former sib contractor for the u.s.a. agency for international development. he was arreste
newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu.
of merrill newman told the press that he led a guerilla group in the korean war. it was one of the army's special forces units. veterans said it was hated and feared by north korea. merrill newman was pulled from an airliner six years ago after visiting north korea as a tour iment. >> an american man imprisoned in cuba is appealing for help. he was arrested in cuba whilst trying to set up an internet for the community. the only way he'll be released is with the president's help. the white house said it's trying to secure his relief. the president has engaged other figure to use their influence with cuba to promote the release. the cuban government made clear the importance that the united states places on his welfare. >> gross's wife said he lost a lot of weight and his hopes are fading. >>> according to research, for the first time in four decades a majority of americans say the u.s. is less powerful than it was a decade ago. 70% think the u.s. is less respected by other counties than in the past. moth of those polled 68% believe the u.s. military is the strongest in the world. u.s. an
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